A friend of mine needed some “aged” brackets for a table and thought this would be a fun project to undertake!
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I started with a 1-1/2″ piece of flat strap (left) and cut 4 pieces at 8-1/4″ each, and ground them down so just the steel was exposed.
I then clamped it down and proceeded to hammer it down with three different sized ball ping hammers to give it that “aged / hammered” look. We both took turns swinging away at the steel, creating craters both big and small, and eventually ended up with steel that looked like this!
When attacking this task, do not leave your beer on the table you are beating, you will ultimately end up with a fallen comrade (left) 🙁
From here we need to grind down the edges to make it look “eaten”.
Once we have our Strip, we can clamp it down
and hammer one end down on a straight edge,
giving us a nice 90degree angle
and you’re left with something like this!